Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1930s
Settings Of Play - The set has three modes which should easily transform. A red curtain would be nice to set off the plays within plays.
1) A raw theater space (emptiness)
2) A 1930s stage set (artifice happy to be artifice)
3) A naturalistically messy east village apartment, as real as possible (artifice ashamed of its own artifice)
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.
"CRITIC'S PICK. Suffused with warmth and humor. Sarah Ruhl frothily whips together romantic comedy and backstage farce in this lively comedy about a pair of actors...who find life and art mixing together when they rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play." — New York Times
"FOUR STARS. Sarah Ruhl delivers a brilliant comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target. Funny: There’s nothing like it." — New York Post
"At once a knowing sendup of the hazy half-truths of stage naturalism and a goofy meditation on the nature of desire and sexual fantasy, [Stage Kiss] manages to be both wholly original and instantly recognizable to the audience. As a satire of theatre and theatricals, it’s right up there with Neil Simon’s 'The Sunshine Boys.''- The New Yorker
"There's not one but two plays-within-a-play in Sarah Ruhl's "Stage Kiss," a highly meta-theatrical, fundamentally enjoyable, slightly slight, not-so-romantic comedy pondering the complexity of onstage osculation." - Variety
"Stage Kiss is part parody, part inside-baseball valentine to theater, part falling-down silly physical comedy about love." - Newsday
"The gorgeously articulate author of The Clean House and Eurydice is in top form with this delightful piece" - Theatremania
Additional Information from Playwrights Horizons
Stage Kiss enjoyed it's world premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, in 2011, before making its New York City debut at Playwrights Horizons in 2014 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.